Paper Minis "Need to Know"
Library of Tutorials
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Box: Best tools to have to make Paper Minis
Aging Pre-Printed Paper Minis
Maker: Make a gizmo for creating mini bows
Cutting Small, Detailed Items Such as Paper
Fabric Printing Using an Inkjet Printer
Box for Macro (Miniature) Photography (Home
Minis Assembly Tips
PDF Printing Tips
Making (dinner and dessert)
Selecting Printer Paper
on Assembly Tips
Using a PC and Printer
Every once in
a while I discover something that makes my
life so much easier, and these goggles are
the latest and greatest tool in the 'Ann
tool box.' I found these for $11 on
Amazon.com recently in a liquidation
sale. The set comes with four
interchangeable lenses. I have been using
readers for many years to help correct my
up-close vision, but these goggles do a much
better job. You might not be able to buy a
pair for just $11, but I did notice there
were many good deals up there on-line.
Thought you would like to know.
This caddy is my Christmas present
to myself, and what a life saver it is! Everything I need to
make miniatures--including my camera--is stored in it and I
can carry it everywhere. Next, I will find a cutting mat
that fits in the center compartment. I found this caddy at
WalMart for around $17.00. However, if you do not have a
WalMart, the tag says
www.everythingmary.com, Large Deluxe Organizer,
EVM-6479, RN#128183, Bentonville, AR 72712 (bar code is
When I make a prototype of my
designs, my work area is set-up as if I were a customer; the
priority being to keep pieces to the kit at hand safe and
easily retrievable. You might think that if a piece is lost
here, all that is needed is for me to quickly print out a
new one. But that does not happen, because that is not
something you could do. To ensure pieces aren't lost I keep
a small box next to me and place pieces into it. Before I
detail cut parts, I separate the pieces and place them in
the box. This helps eliminate the possibility of accidently
throwing out good parts with scraps while I am pre-occupied
with detailing. Remember to keep your wiping towel away from
parts, it's sticky and can easily pick up your good parts
without you knowing. These precautions may seem
simple-minded, but could keep the frustration of losing a
piece at bay.
MAKING PAPER MINIS BOOKS'
LAMINATED SLEEVES STAY GLUED!
are having difficulty getting the Paper Minis books'
laminated storage sleeves to stay glued, here is a good
remedy. Take a small piece of fine grit sandpaper and rough
up the tab on the storage sleeve. If you do not have
sandpaper available, then use an emery board or nail file.
Whichever you use make sure you have adequately scuffed up
the tab. To glue the tab use a plastic cement; the type used
to make model airplanes and ships. The glue must be fresh,
because older glue will not bond properly. Spread the glue
evenly with a toothpick. Make sure the glue is completely
dry before slipping the book into the sleeve. By the way,
this technique works well for assembling the Paper Minis
book storage boxes like the one shown below.
HANG JARS FROM UNDERSIDE OF SHELF
always loved this little real-estate saver and organizer
trick. I've used baby food jars before which are a
good size for hardware such as tacks, nails, screws, etc.
Use a glue such as Gorilla Glue to glue the jar tops to the
underside of a shelf. Think about this carefully, however,
for it is a permanent solution!
INEXPENSIVE GOLD GILDING
live in the middle of nowhere and so it can be challenging
to find craft and sewing items. Something I looked for
recently was a way to gild some miniatures I designed. I had
a gold pen, but it did not flow well on the coated high-end
paper I use. I found an inexpensive can of spray gold paint
by Krylon. It's e most realistic gold I have seen.
What I did was spray a small puddle on
waxed paper (anything will do). Then I used a flat artist's
brush to apply the gold embellishments. Wash the paint brush
with plain alcohol.
CLEAN A HARDEN PAINT BRUSHIf
you let acrylic paint or craft glue dry on paint brushes one
of the following will probably work to clean and soften them
once more: Isopropyl alcohol, fabric soften and/or hair
FILL MINIS WITH HOT GLUE
I just got my order from you and I am
very excited. I am currently working on a set of game dice.
It's listed to use self hardening clay, I don't buy stuff
like that. I just wanted to say that hot glue works well. I
used hot glue to fill the cans so they would keep their
shape. Awesome products. I will be ordering again. Your
products are wonderful.
Thanks Patricia Jankey
HOW TO CLEAN ALL
ELEMENTS OF YOUR COMPUTER
My PC crashed this week and one reason:
I am a negligent computer cleaner! I used to do it every
month, but just got too busy. It's not hard to do, actually,
it's just that it never got to the top of my to-do list any
more. Well that has changed. My life is on that PC! If this
story is hitting home for you, then you will want to make
the change along with me. I found a great site that tells
you exactly what to do and what not to do to keep your PC
healthy. Here is the website's URL. Take a few minutes and
read it! Then clean that PC!
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